In 1971, June was admitted to Bee County College, where she was on the Dean’s Scholastic Honors List, a member of the honor society, and a member of Who’s Who in American Junior Colleges. She graduated from the Dental Hygiene program in 1973. After passing the board examination with the highest grade in her class and upon receiving certification by the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners, June began her career as a Registered Dental Hygienist in Harlingen, TX. Over the next 20 years, she worked for David A. Woolweaver, D.D.S. and the Texas Department of Health, Region 11. During her career she was known as a pioneer in the history of dental hygiene in the Rio Grande Valley because of her commitment to dental hygiene education. As a public health Dental Hygienist, she provided dental hygiene education, dental cleaning, application of sealants and fluoride treatment to poor children in the Rio Grande Valley. She also provided dental hygiene education to people in nursing homes and other underserved settings. Her Dentist colleagues thought of her as an outstanding, skilled professional.
June was a tireless advocate for community dental health and earned numerous awards including Dental Hygienist of the Year and Outstanding Grassroots Dental Hygienist in Texas. She held membership and leadership positions in many professional organizations: the American Dental Hygienists’ Association; the Texas Dental Hygienists’ Association; the Texas Public Health Association (Dental Health Chairman); Texas State Technical College’s Dental Hygiene School Advisory Committee member; and was the co-founder and first president of the Rio Grande District Dental Hygiene Society.
June was a member of the Order of Eastern Star for over 60 years, serving as Past Matron and various other offices. In Zonta International, a professional women’s organization, she served in several offices, including Director. While living in Harlingen, she was an active member of Covenant Presbyterian Church.
June loved spending time with her family, playing cards and dominoes, taking care of her plants, and watching the hummingbirds. She was a devoted fan of the Texas Rangers and the Dallas Cowboys.
She is preceded in death by her parents Carl “Pop” and Lila Ann “Memo” Livingston. She is survived by her brother James Livingston and his wife Avis; her brother Glenn Livingston and his wife Johnnie; and her sister Bette Moore. She is also survived by her three children: daughter Diane “Dee” Sportsman; son Gary Sportsman and his wife Sally; and daughter Rebecca “Becki” Thomason. “Mama June” had eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and four nieces and nephews.
Private family viewing will be held 1:00 pm to 1:30 pm, Saturday, February 2, 2013 at Green Funeral Home, 207 S. Wood Street in Ferris, Texas. Graveside service will be held 2:00 pm Saturday, February 2, 2013 at Ferris Memorial Park North with Pastor Brian Smith officiating. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Green Funeral Home.